Logos, Rozalie Hirs’ second collection of poems, has the reader traveling through the human body. Inside the book there is an anatomical drawing, made by artist Noëlle von Eugen, by which the reader can navigate through the collection. The logos of the title might refer to the laws of the body, with which we find ourselves confronted in the world. But also to thought, the imagination, and the word. In the many love poems, the beloved turns out to be a human being of flesh and blood, and at the same time, language.
“One word seems to summon the next by way of rhyme or being part together of a stock phrase. This makes Hirs’s poetry both serious and humorous, related to that of B. Zwaal.” Eric Kok, Noord-Hollands Dagblad
digital poetry: Logos website
Halfway into the writing process of the poems of Logos, the frequent appearance of body parts, colors and numbers became apparent. Hirs decided to include an anatomical map within the collection, by which the reader might navigate through the book as if it were a body. The artist Noëlle von Eugen was invited to create this map. Along with the body parts, von Eugen listed abbreviations for the titles of all the poems in which that body part appears.
Since the anatomical map in fact functions as a hyperstructure of the collection, it became a natural next step to present the entire collection online as well. Matt Lee programmed the site in Flash and presented the Logos website in September 2003. By following hyperlinks on the anatomical map, and within the poems, the reader can navigate directly to the poems in which the body part in question appears, and also jump from poem to poem.